[Blueboard] New from the University Press: BARONS, BROKERS, AND BUYERS

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Fri Apr 4 11:02:44 PHT 2003

BARONS, BROKERS, AND BUYERS: The Institutions and Cultures of Philippine Sugar 
by Michael S. Billig. Philippine copyright 2003. ADMU Press. (Copublished with 
the University of Hawai'i Press. Not for sale outside the Philippines.)

This innovative ethnography takes a new approach to the study of Philippine 
sugar. Michael Billig examines sugar's decline within the dynamic context of 
contemporary Philippine society and the global context of the international 
sugar market. His multisided ethnographic analysis focuses mainly on conflicts 
among the various elite sectors (planters, millers, traders, commercial buyers, 
politicians) and concludes that the most salient political, economic, and 
cultural trend in the Philippines today is the decline of rural, agrarian elite 
power and the rise of urban industrial, commercial, and financial power. His 
reflections on his relationships with informants in the midst of the 
politically charged atmosphere that surrounds the sugar industry provide a 
candid look at the role of the observer who, try as he might to remain 
impartial, finds himself swept into the vortex of political debates and power 


Acronyms and Special Terms

1 Introduction
2 The Legacy of Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism
3 Production, Financing, CARP and the U.S. Quota
4 Property Rights, Quedans, and the SRA
5 The Great Importation War
6 Rationalization, Groupism, and the Chinese
7 Conclusion: The Institutions and Cultures of Philippine Sugar


Michael S. Billig is professor of anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College 
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The book retails for 365 pesos, less discount for faculty, staff and students 
if bought at the Press bookshop. To view the cover, and to check out list of 
forthcoming titles, please visit www.ateneopress.com or click on University 
Press on the Ateneo homepage.

Thank you. 

Maricor E. Baytion
Ateneo de Manila University Press
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